Nicolas Pepe has not had the greatest start to his Arsenal career. Here are five players he should take inspiration from as he looks to fulfil his talent in north London.
It has been a difficult start to life at Arsenal for club-record signing Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian arrived at the Emirates for £72 million in the summer with some rather hefty expectations placed on his shoulders. He has not quite lived up to the billing just yet, but there have been enough moments to suggest he can yet fulfil his potential.
So, as Pepe looks to figure things out as the Gunners’ talismanic winger, here are five players he can take inspiration from.
5. Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min is a truly superb footballer — it is extremely frustrating that he happens to play for Spurs. He has established himself as one of the premier attacking weapons in the division, his speed, dribbling ability, and clinical finishing comprising an ideal modern-day wide or central attacker.
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But while the South Korean has been sensational more recently, scoring 14, 12 and 12 goals in his last three seasons, he has not always been the racy, direct, prolific foil to Harry Kane. In fact, like Pepe, his Premier League career started a little slow.
In his first season with Spurs, Son played in 1,103 minutes. He scored four goals and assisted just one and was in and out of the starting line-up throughout. He took time to adapt to his new team, role, and league. He is now one of the best players in the entire division, having averaged around a goal or assist every 100 minutes for four-straight seasons. There is plenty of hope for Pepe just yet.